First of all, when this all started in October, 2009, Campbell & I had no idea what we were doing. He said, "You know we don't know what we're doing,eh?" I agreed and then he said, "We'll just have to keep telling people and asking people until someone knows something." So, that's what we've done.
A former principal and friend is part of the I.Can Foundation. She has been building little libraries in Brazil for about 6 years now. So, she was an obvious person to ask. However, her expertise is at the other end in training and she had never collected and sent a container before. My church has Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Canada, and they do have experience in that. They helped us co-ordinate that and guided us through the mounds of paperwork to satisfy Revenue Canada Agency. We soon recognized that we'd need some sort of manner of cataloguing. A co-worker researched that and found a great library software package and our District Youth Council purchased it for us.
As the books started to be collected, it wasn't long before a space was needed. A man, that owned space downtown Cambridge donated 1100 square feet of space heated and lit. We needed boxes to pack boxes, Staples donated those. We needed library supplies and I.Can Foundation, Brodart & Carr McLean donated that. We needed a computer when ours crashed and Hagey Computers came in and worked their technical magic and got us up and running again
We needed volunteers to help sort, catalogue, pack and they just kept on coming! When we go back to see how much was spent out of our fundraised dollars to do the administrative side of things, we really only had to spend money on the internet connection and some ink refills.
|Great cloth bags donated today!|
I'm always in awe of the fact that people are so giving. Most of these people don't even know me personally and are just so willing to help children and teachers so far away. I wonder if they recognize that God is using them too. He is using them to respond to a need in our world to care for His children. I still think it is absolutely crazy that He uses me in this way too. I am just grateful I can be useful.